Raytheon inks DARPA secure network deal

Raytheon Co. won a $14 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to build a secure enterprise network and render support for classified systems. The contract is worth potentially $57 million.

Raytheon of Waltham, Mass., will connect DARPA's local and disparate networks to a single, integrated one. The company's solution for the agency's network is based on an architecture that offers a secure Microsoft Windows-based environment.

Raytheon's technology will let the agency's staff send secure e-mail and file attachments, share instant messages and collaborate via voice and video in an environment that recognizes security clearances and manages access to information accordingly.

Raytheon also will supply maintenance and transition services, so DARPA's existing networks can meet future requirements.

Raytheon, which has about 80,000 employees had annual revenue of $21.9 billion in fiscal 2005, ranks No. 6 on Washington Technology's 2006 Top 100 list of the largest federal IT contractors.

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